Shop Alert

Shop Alert

The scheme that combats crime


Shoplifting is not a petty crime. It costs retailers around £3 billion a year. Fighting the problem can be an uphill struggle. Hard-pressed store staff are not just up against “traditional” shoplifters. They increasingly face well-equipped, fast-moving, professional thieves working in teams.

Forewarned is forearmed!

Start benefiting from our Shopwatch radio linked scheme and begin to reduce stock losses, receive early warnings of undesirable activity, identify and track shoplifters, advise potential threats to all users of the system and much more

CCTV staff and Security Staff can monitor shoplifters and other criminals, making sure that every outlet is aware of which criminals are in the area, their description and monitoring their movements.

Ensuring that criminals are tackled effectively with stolen goods still in their possession.

Reducing assaults on staff.


How Shop Watch Works

  • Store detectives, security officers and staff can carry two-way radios.
  • Smaller premises can have a two-way radio kept behind a counter.
  • Any messages sent from a two-way radio are heard by everyone on the network.
  •  Each two-way radio user has a caller ID, so the other users know who is transmitting and where a suspect is.
  • If a radio is stolen, it can be stunned (put to sleep) so the thief will be unable to use the radio.


It works as an intelligence system. However, if a suspect is apprehended or if help is needed urgently a call on the SHOPWATCH scheme can be used to alert all network users. This gives peace of mind to staff who can easily feel isolated and outnumbered by criminals. It also encourages everybody running town centre businesses to work together to make their town a safer, wealthier and more relaxed place. A place the criminals who prey on honest business people will avoid.


Combating shoplifting is the main function of the SHOPWATCH Scheme, but it is also highly effective against other forms of crime like counterfeit notes, card and cheque fraud, vandalism and violence. The scheme gives instant communications offering other benefits, from broadcasting information on fires and lost children.

The Pubwatch Schemes can be used to track known offenders and prevent them access so that others can enjoy themselves knowing that they are safe.


Objectives of Shopwatch

To tackle and prevent retail crime and anti-social behaviour through effective communication and the prompt reporting of retail crime, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.           

To promote a sense of security for customers and staff especially drunken trouble-makers in pubs and clubs


Benefits of joining Shop Watch

  • Pro Active Crime Prevention
  • Radio Communication - including Emergency Alert
  • Increased Employee Security           
  • Sharing of Local Intelligence